Sunday, March 31, 2013

Call Me

I love this little Heart Phone by Gourmet Rubber Stamps. It just makes me smile. 
I made a quick 4.25' square CAS design today using Heart Phone and a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's On the Mend, which fits perfectly!

I stamped on Copic Blending CS with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored in the phone using Spectrum Noir markers. Easy peasy! Supplies available at i {heart} papers!

I am VERY excited today about Opening Day for baseball season -- not only do I love baseball, but that means Spring HAS to come!

Challenges for this card:
Challenges 4 Everybody - Always Anything Goes  
Crafting When We Can - Inspired by Song (Call Me Maybe)
Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes 
Amusing Challenges - Anything Goes 

Stamps: On the Mend (Lawn Fawn), Heart Phone (GRS)
Ink: Memento Black, Spectrum Noir markers
Paper: Copic Blending CS (X-Press), Happy Day DP (MME)
Accessories and Tools: heart die (SB), stitched heart (American Crafts)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Rain or Shine...

We had a lovely spring rain last night -- and will get a lovely spring snow Sunday night. Ugh. Well, I am hoping that the rain returns soon. I love the sound of it on my deck, and this morning when I woke up, there was a delicious fog all around that made me feel like I was in England! It burned off by 10 a.m. and left a cloudless sky.

Sometimes clouds are really fun. Like when they are die cuts from The {Stamps} of Life! Both the umbrella and the cloud dies are fabulous designs by Stephanie Barnard:
The fun stamps are from umbrella4you. You can find the Umbrella Die here and the Cloud Die here.
I stamped the umbrella using Stephanie's Premium Strawberry ink, and filled in with Cornflower. The dots are colored with a Copic marker. I added some Cherries Jubilee buttons by Buttons Galore and 3/8" Aqua Floral Satin ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
On another note, I wanted to share a photo of me and my sweet stamping friend, Jami Bova. I had the pleasure of meeting her on my trip to Arizona, and we had time to snap a little photo!
Challenges for this card:
Inspired By - Picture* 
Daring Cardmakers - Springing into Spring 
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon 
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Bring On Spring 
My Sheri Crafts - Spring has Sprung

Stamps: The {Stamps} of Life With Stephanie Barnard
Paper: Quite Contrary DP, Poptone Sweet Tooth
Ink: Stephanie's Premium (TSOL)
Accessories: buttons (Buttons Galore), ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), umbrella and cloud dies (TSOL)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter Weekend~!

I think it's Spring!! 50 degrees by 10 AM and lots of little birdies chirping. The forecast for Sunday is 64, so I am hopeful, even with the 45 on Monday!

Today's Splitcoast Free For All Challenge is all about Sweet Empty Calories! Jelly beans, peeps, chocolates, donuts, gummy bears, or M& know what I'm talking about! My little pink bunny peep is floating in the sky wishing everyone a Happy Easter weekend~!
I used Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock for my base and to stamp my images. I used the cute bunny, balloon, and Best Wishes sentiment from Chicken Girl Design's Birthday Wishes set for my images. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and Summer Sky and colored  in with Spectrum Noir markers. I added Crystal Stickles to his ears and tail. The balloon string is Bubblegum Pink Doodle Twine.

Supplies available at i{heart} papers!
Be sure to check out the SPRING SALE going on at IHP too!
Other challenges for this card:
Creative Corner - Anything Goes
Hanna & Friends - cute/stamped/person/animal - Easter/Spring
Simply Create Too - animals
 tempelsonnen Challenge - Fur & Tail 
Sweet Pea Stampers - Spring Colours 
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge - Spring
Just Add Ink – Just add Bunny 
QKR Stampede – animal antics
Brown Sugar – Flowers 
Cards by Lady Anne - Sentimental For Friday - Anything Goes 

Stamps: Birthday Wishes by Chicken Girl Design (available at i {heart} papers)
Paper: Ultra Smooth Premium White (Crafter's Companion), American Crafts DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Summer Sky, Spectrum Noir marker, Sakura Glaze pen
Accessories: Lil Inkers Cloud dies, Baker's Twine, SNSS Scallop die, corner rounder

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A New Featured Stamper Challenge

Today I am hosting the SCS Featured Stamper Challenge. Jennifer Timko is our FS this week, and I just love her gallery. I cased this gorgeous card. I kept her layout, but changed the sentiment, trim, embossing folder, and used flowers instead of seam binding. I added another bit of color with the Champagne Metallic Cardstock layer.
My sentiment is from With Gratitude, one of my favorite Flourishes sets available at i {heart} papers. I stamped the sentiment using Espresso Truffle ink (Memento). I adhered my sentiment banner (hand cut), lace trim (Hobby Lobby) and flowers (Prima) using ISP Red Line Tape.

Come play along~!
Other challenges for this card: 
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - Glitter
Twisted Tuesday - Theme: Use Banners   Twist: Add Pearls
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Favourite Embellishment (pearls) 
Paper Crafting Journey - Ribbon or Lace

Stamps: With Gratitude (Flourishes)
Paper: Champagne Metallic (Prism), Poptone Sweet Tooth
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle
Accessories: Sizzix embossing folder, Prima flowers, lace trim (HL)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spellbinders New 5 x 7 Dies

Today's design uses one of Spellbinders new 5 x 7 dies. I had the pleasure of reviewing these new dies for the Splitcoast Product Review Team. You can read the full review and see lots of amazing samples here.
It was a little tricky getting the intricate design away from the metal die, but in the reviews, you can read about some of the tips and tricks for that. I also just recently purchased a very thin metal plate to add to my machine sandwiches, and it works wonders!
The die in this design is called Elegant Labels Four.
I decided to use patterned paper for my focus, and add one of the beautiful sentiments from With Gratitude (a Flourishes set, available at i {heart} papers). I stamped with Memento London Fog ink. I love the subtle softness of this color. I scored my base cardstock using my Scor-Pal. A few flower and pearls and this intricate beauty was done! 

Stamps: With Gratitude (Flourishes)
Paper: Pink Paislee DP, Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss
Ink: London Fog (Memento)
Accessories and Tools: Spellbinders Elegant Labels Four 5 x 7, Prima flowers, Kaiser Pearls, Scor-Pal

Challenges for this card: 
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Card or Project with a Sentiment for a Girl 
Charisma Cardz - Die Cuts 
Forever Friends - Lots of Flowers 
WordArt Wednesdays - Anything goes

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ah Spring!

Good morning! This week at Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings we have a week long Peachy Keen Stamps showcase. It is my turn to share some fun Peachy Keen images paired with some cute trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon~! 

RRR is offering a $25 Really Reasonable Ribbon Gift Certificate to one random commenter from one of the posts on the RRR Blog this week, 
so be sure to comment on each one between now and 3/23.  
RRR will be announcing the winner on Monday, 3/25.  
Peachy Keen Stamps will also be offering a $25 Gift Certificate 
to their website which will be awarded to a random commenter 
on their blog posts, so you have 2 chances to win!!

Since it's supposed to be Spring (27 degrees and snow on the way to my house today....), I wanted to make a fun spring card using the cute Peachy Keen Shower Peepers stamp set. Along with some adorable chicks, this set has a super cute umbrella too!
I used Jen's Deconstructed Sketch 94 for my layout:
I love this layout with the little banners. 
The umbrella is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in with Copic markers. I added some sparkle along the bottom edge of the umbrella with Crystal Stickles. I used my favorite Apple Green Mini Ric Rac and Green Apple Baker's Twine, along with some pretty Kaiser pearls from Really Reasonable Ribbon for my embellishments. 

The Deconstructed Sketch girls have some terrific samples to show, so be sure to have a visit at their blogs too!

To play along, link up here!

Other challenges for this card:
Crafts and Me - Buttons and bows
Stampotique Designers' Challenge - Spring
Whimsical Designs - Buttons and Bows 
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Spring is in the air
Inklings and Yarns - Always Anything Goes 
Paper Shelter Challenge - Spring

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March IHP Design Team Challenge

Our i {heart} papers DT Challenge this month was to choose a favorite from past challenges. I decided to be a little open-ended and chose the July 2012--Anything Goes Challenge - basically using current product that I hadn't had a chance to use yet!
Isn't that little giraffe the cutest with his 'stache? These images are from Avery Elle's What's Up?. I just knew I had to have this set - I mean, I have giraffe stamps, but a giraffe with a 'stache is the best! You can find this set at i {heart} papers HERE.

I stamped on Georgia Pacific White CS with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in using Spectrum Noir markers from the Yellows set. I used Amy Tangerine's Yes Please 6x6 paper and added a little chipboard banner from October Afternoon's Sunny Side Up. The Brown Sugar Divine Twine added a nice contrast for my button. 

I hope you'll hop along and see what the rest of the team has made.  Here you go:

Be sure to check out the great 12x12 sale going on right now too!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thursday Means A New Sketch~!

It's Thursday, and that means a fabulous new sketch at The Deconstructed Sketch: Sketch #93! 
I turned the sketch on its side and changed the small rectangle to an oval.

My images are from Old Fashioned Florals, a new Flourishes set available at i {heart} papers! I stamped my images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in using Spectrum Noir markers.
I used Spellbinders 5x7 Detailed Scalloped and Labels Ten dies. The ribbon is White Checkerboard Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Denim Kaiser Pearls round out the embellishments.

The Deconstructed Sketch girls have some terrific samples to show, so be sure to have a visit at their blogs too!

To play along, link up here!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ah, Spring! Hopping With Really Reasonable Ribbon!

It's time to hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon! This month's Ribbon Club Assortment has some lovely spring colors (and lots of my favorite PINK!) and is sure to bring some great eye candy from the RRR Team. I hope that you will join us today and hop along!
If you arrived here from Trudy's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the third stop, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM CST.

Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! This month, Bonnie's choices for the March ribbon club package are just so fun! So many great ribbons to use with spring themes -- plus lots of other occasions!

If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. The assortments vary from month to month, but an average assortment has 5-9 different ribbon styles and consists of 10-15+ yards of ribbon.  You will love it! Tell Bonnie that Judy sent you!
I chose the shimmery Tulip Diamond Satin from the March assortment for my design today. I love the delicate pattern on this ribbon! My images are from Shower Peepers by Peachy Keen. My background paper is Spring Flowers, designed by fellow RRR teamie, Trudy Sjolander. You can find it HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to comment along the way at all my amazing teammates' blogs for the awesome prizes from Really Reasonable Ribbon

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Now off to Heidi's blog, for some amazing eye-candy!

Stamps: Shower Peepers by Peachy Keen
Paper: Spring Flowers DP (Inky Antics/Trudy Sjolander), Poptone CS
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Spectrum Noir markers
Accessories: Spellbinders 5 x 7 Detailed Scallops, Large Circle, Scalloped Circle dies, Kaiser pearls, Tulip Diamond Satin ribbon (RRR)

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Friday, March 8, 2013

It's a Swirly Blog Hop with True's Friends!

I am so excited today to be a part of "Friends of True's - Swirly Spring" BLOG HOP! If you are here from Joe Rotella's blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened onto mine you will want to head back to True's blog where it all starts. There will be a prize package donated by Inky Antics that includes True's entire, newly released, Swirly Spring stamp line!

For my card today, I created a CAS design using Swirly Bees.

Click on the photo for a close-up! I stamped the bee and sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then colored in the bee with Copics. I added Crystal Stickles to its wings. The paper is also True's (and I LOVE this!), called Sunny Day On White, and I cut that out with my Spellbinders' Hexagon dies. Love this little bee set and True's beautiful papers!

Here is a list of all of the links in case you get lost along the way.
Judy Rozema
Make sure to leave a comment on every stop, to increase your chances of winning the prize package. One lucky commenter from a randomly picked blog will win all 6 stamp sets! The winner will be announced on True's Blog on Monday, March 11th. Your next stop on the hop is Lori Craig's blog! I know she will have some lovely eye candy to share!